J Dent Hyg Sci.  2018 Dec;18(6):374-379. 10.17135/jdhs.2018.18.6.374.

Factors Affecting Job Satisfaction of Clinical Dental Hygienists

  • 1Department of Dental Hygiene, Suwon Science College, Hwaseong 18516, Korea.
  • 2Department of Dental Hygiene, Hyejeon College, Hongseong 32244, Korea.
  • 3Department of Dental Hygiene, College of Dentistry & Research Institute of Oral Science, Gangneung-Wonju National University, Gangneung 25457, Korea. freshjung@gwnu.ac.kr


This study attempted to identify factors work environment that affect job satisfaction in dental hygienists. This study was conducted between August 29 and September 28, 2017, as part of an in-depth study of the "˜Survey on the Working Environment of Clinical Dental Hygienists' of the Korean Dental Hygienists Association. To get the responses, the questionnaire was posted on the website of the Korean Dental Hygienists Association, and of the respondents, 4,663 were selected and analyzed. An independent t-test and one way ANOVA analysis were used to make a comparison of job satisfaction according to the general characteristics, salary, and tasks. Logistic regression analysis was conducted to identify factors affecting job satisfaction. The significance level was 0.05. In regard to salary information, the job satisfaction was found to be high (p < 0.001) in cases where the salary was considered appropriate, when incentives were provided, when rewards or vacation expenses were supported, and when overtime and nightly work allowances were paid. In regard to job information, the job satisfaction was found to be high (p < 0.001) when the volume of work was considered appropriate, when there were sufficient numbers in the workforce, and when the division of labor among the other personnel was clear. As a factor affecting job satisfaction of dental hygienists, the case of thinking that "˜workload is appropriate' was found to be 2.052 times, showing the highest score. Job satisfaction in dental hygienists affects the turnover and has a significant effect on the performance of the organization. Therefore, it is believed, that it is urgent to improve the working environment such as salary and clear division of duties affecting job satisfaction of dental hygienists.


Dental hygienists; Job satisfaction
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